It's time to preview this weekend's slate of metal and hard rock concerts! There's a lot going down in Sault Ontario between tomorrow & Saturday, including two newly announced shows, but I haven't heard of anything heavy going down in Sault Michigan this weekend. If I hear anything across the river, I'll absolutely have it here, but for now, here's the Sault Ontario weekend concert previews, starting with LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS!!
Local classic hard rock quintet Turner Up are back on the local stage THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY!! I apologize for the shorter notice, but the Facebook event page was only just posted this afternoon. Last seen last month at The Sportscentre Bar & Grill, they'll be returning to The Nicolet Tavern for the first time since January this weekend, and with St. Patrick's Day on the horizon, Turner Up plan to take on the holiday with full force! The current version of Turner Up are only seen about one weekend a month on the local stage, so if you've been missing their brand of classic hard rock covers, then don't miss out on their return to The Nic this weekend! They'll be on at 10:30 PM both nights, you must be 19 to attend, and there's no announced cover charge. Check the above links for more details! It's always good to see Turner Up take the stage, and they'll be a good soundtrack to the St. Patrick's Day revelry this weekend, so keep their shows on Friday and Saturday in mind! For a preview, here's the old Turner Up covering Guns N' Roses' "Mr. Brownstone" last January at The Rockstar Bar!
Now to the previously announced shows, starting with the 43rd Roosevelt Hotel metal night, which goes down TOMORROW NIGHT, and if you've missed the out of town headlining bands since Stephane Vincent took over as the series' booker in October, then get ready for this lineup! Winnipeg groove metal band Waster will rock The Rosie tomorrow night in this next stop on their Sickness In The East tour, and if you love bands like Pantera & A Perfect Murder, you'll definitely enjoy these guys! I really dig Waster and their high aggression and groove, and if I can manage to remotely charge my camera by tomorrow night, I hope to check this show out! Backing them up tomorrow are Guelph hardcore quintet Farewell To Freeway, who notably headlined the 15th Rosie metal night last May, and it's good to see them back in the area! They'll be ready to unleash their own hardcore fury and breakdowns onto their local fans tomorrow for sure, so don't miss them either! The local opening band will be local hardcore notables As It Stands in their first show of two on consecutive nights this weekend, and you'll likely remember them as Farewell To Freeway's local openers from May as well! Always good to see them on a local stage, and you know things will get hard and heavy at The Rosie tomorrow night with this lineup!
Aside from the return of out of town headliners, this Rosie metal night is also notable in that it's the first ever ALL AGES Thursday metal night, so if you're under 19, you can go to this one! That's awesome to see, and hopefully this goes over well to ensure future all ages metal shows there, like last year's Fatality-headlined weekend gig. Admission is FREE for 19+ attendees, but if you're underage, there's a $3 cover, and everything starts at 10:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This sounds like a great concert, and hopefully you guys (myself included) can come out and ensure future big Rosie metal nights like this! For a preview, here's Waster's music video for their song "Forty Creek & 40 Speed"!
Speaking of all ages metal concerts featuring 3 bands (one of which being As It Stands as an opening act), you'll wanna pay attention to this other metal concert on Friday! Three notable local bands will rock The Speak Easy at Algoma University on Friday night in what was recently confirmed to be an ALL AGES concert in it's own right! The headlining band will be local death metal quartet The Valentine's Day Massacre, fresh off of their set at Dead In The Van, and they'll be joined by As It Stands (in their second all ages metal show in two days), and melodic death metal quintet The Bear Hunters (in their first concert in over a month) for what should be an explosive night of metal! The Speak Easy hasn't been too frequent of a spot for recent local metal concerts (especially multi-band ones), but it'll be good to see these bands in new territory come Friday night, and all ages can enjoy this one! Unlike tomorrow's Rosie metal night, there's absolutely no cover for anyone regardless of age, and there'll be an early-ish start time of 8:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page!
It's cool to see local metal bands rocking a different venue for a change, and with a nice stacked set of death metal and hardcore tunes in store from all three bands, you guys won't wanna miss this show! Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's The Valentine's Day Massacre playing their song "Let It All Bleed Out" at The Canadian last fall!
And finally for this weekend, Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison has TWO concert sets in store for his fans on Saturday night! Firstly, he'll be back at Bossy's Pub N' Grub on Pim Street for an 11th straight week, and like most of his Bossy's appearances, he'll be playing a matinee set of acoustic hard rock and metal covers for his fans! Then, he'll take the St. Patrick's Day party back to The Zone Roadhouse in nearby Goulais River on Saturday night for his first show there in 4 months! If you're in the mood for a St. Patrick's Day good time, this wouldn't be a bad place to do it in, so get your green beer ready! Admission for both shows should be free, I'd assume that the Bossy's set will be all ages, and The Zone Roadhouse gig is likely 19+ . Tym will be on at Bossy's at 2:00 PM on Saturday, then he should be on at The Zone at 9:00 PM. For more details, click here and here for each show's Facebook event page! Sounds good to me, and hopefully Tym's unplugged covers fit the holiday well come Saturday, so keep his next two shows in mind! For a preview, here's Tym covering Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" at the former Foggy Notions in 2010!
That's all for today, but stay tuned (hopefully) for some concert reviews soon, along with this week's classic video and much more news to come! Thanks everyone!